The Prophet (saas) called on people to be of good morals

as has been recounted throughout this book, the prophet (saas) possessed a morality that is a model for the whole world, he called on others to conform to that morality, and described what kind of morality and behavior would be pleasing to allah. some verses on the subject read:

say: "come and i will recite to you what your lord has forbidden: that you do not associate anything with him; that you are good to your parents; that you do not kill your children because of poverty-we will provide for you and them; that you do not approach indecency-outward or inward; that you do not kill any person allah has made inviolate-except with the right to do so. that is what he instructs you to do so that hopefully you will use your intellect. and that you do not go near the property of orphans before they reach maturity-except in a good way; that you give full measure and full weight with justice-we impose on no self any more than it can bear; that you are equitable when you speak-even if a near relative is concerned; and that you fulfil allah's contract. that is what he instructs you to do, so that hopefully you will pay heed. (surat al-an'am: 151-152)

say: "my lord has forbidden indecency, both open and hidden, and wrong action, and unrightful tyranny, and associating anything with allah for which he has sent down no authority, and saying things about allah you do not know." (surat al-a'raf : 33)

the following are some of the hadiths in which the prophet (saas) recommends such a morality:

"my cherisher has ordered me nine things: to reverence him, externally and internally; to speak true, and with propriety, in prosperity and adversity; moderation in affluence and poverty; to benefit my relations and kindred who do not benefit me; to give alms to him who refuses me; to forgive him who injures me; that my silence should be in attaining knowledge of allah; that when i speak, i should mention him; that when i look on allah's creatures, it should be as an example for them."48

"do not envy one another; do not hate one another; do not turn away from another; and do not undercut one another, but be you. o servants of allah, brothers."49

"fear allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people."50

"there is nothing heavier in the scales than good character."51

the prophet (saas) made the following recommendations to his companions:

"bad conduct destroys divine service as condiment destroys honey."52

"honour a believer for his religion. think him superior for good conduct and wisdom."53

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